By Jonathan Pratt
Courtesy Moosehead Matters August 20 Edition
GREENVILLE – Since 1952, the Frostieland Dairy Bar has served visitors in the Moosehead Lake Region, all with a smile under the lakeside summer sun. This year, however, stands out as extra special to Manager Darralyn Gauvin, “This has been the least stressed summer I have ever had.”
Evidence of the top-notch service exhibited by the 2013 Summer Staff can be summed up by a story from Gauvin of a recent encounter that left she, and the ladies of the Dairy Bar, smiling ear to ear.
One evening, Gauvin was shopping at Indian Hill Trading Post, when a gentleman stopped her and showered the Dairy Bar girls with praise, as he went on and on about the efficiency and teamwork he witnessed as a patron of the Dairy Bar. For her part, Gauvin thanked the man and went about her business shopping.
The next thing she knew, the gentleman returned with a bank envelope. He handed the envelope to Gauvin and asked her to give “one of these to each of the girls at the Dairy Bar.”
When she returned to the Dairy Bar, Gauvin opened the envelope and found ten fifty-dollar bills! One for each of the ten girls at the Dairy Bar. The “team” includes Aysia Jardine, Ava Henderson, Haylie Genoa, Carli Peat, Molly Foley, Miranda Drinkwater, Courtney Mann, Grace Bilodeau, Katie Perry, Kylie Roberts and Drewan Berbaker (both from Virginia).
As one can imagine, the girls were ecstatic to hear that someone had been so impressed with their work ethic and their “spirit”, they felt compelled to tip each of them in such a way.
When the girls came down from their elation, they talked it over and decided they would pay it forward by donating ten percent of the tip to a charity of their choice. And they chose the Riley Lizotte Memorial Playground.
The lesson of the day may just be that this particular gentleman picked the right group of young people to tip, and the ladies of the Dairy Bar learned just how important it is to treat everyone as a special customer, because you never know who the person on the other side of the counter may be!
If you would like to donate to the Riley Lizotte Memorial Playground Fund you can donate through PayPal email prudy @myfairpoint.net or send a check to Prudy Richards PO Box 248 Greenville, ME 04441. You can also donate your returnables and drop them off at Rick & Brenda Lavigne’s Redemption Center.